NOAO Currents

November 2014  •  Issue 32

 

Currents

Currents is a sparkplug for communication between NOAO and our community. It provides updates—and solicits community input—on NOAO observing opportunities and NOAO programs and policies on a more rapid timescale than is possible with the NOAO Newsletter.

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Two NOAO Workshops on Astronomical Big Data and Dark Energy Camera Science:

NOAO will be hosting two back-to-back workshops in Tucson during the week of . The first, “Tools for Astronomical Big Data,” on , will bring together researchers to share their strategies and tactics for doing science with massive astronomical data sets. The second, “DECam Community Science Workshop,” on , will look at some of the first science being done with the Dark Energy Camera, and will explore the best paths for using it to produce high-impact surveys.

More detailed descriptions of both workshops are below, with further information and registration details available at the conference websites:

Big Data Workshop

Tools for Astronomical Big Data

DECam Workshop

DECam Community Science Workshop

Wednesday, will be a transition day between the two workshops. Participants registered for either workshop may attend both morning and afternoon sessions that day or can register for both meetings at a discounted rate.

Call for new membership in the TMT International Science Development Teams

Rendered photoillustration of the TMT at night

Rendered photoillustration of the TMT at night

The second annual call for new members of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Science Development Teams (ISDTs) is now open. The ISDTs are organized around eight science themes, from our solar system to cosmology. They provide scientific input and feedback to the TMT project, stimulate planning for future TMT science programs, and are an opportunity to build connections and collaborations within and beyond the international TMT partnership. ISDT membership is open to all Ph.D. scientists. The ISDTs are an opportunity to get involved in TMT and to provide scientific input that will help shape the observatory's capabilities, operations plans, and future directions.

The NASA/NSF Exoplanet Program for WIYN

The WIYN 3.5-m Telescope on Kitt Peak

The WIYN 3.5-m Telescope on Kitt Peak

NASA and NSF in collaboration with NOAO are initiating a program of community-based exoplanet research using the NOAO 40% share of the WIYN telescope. This program would fulfill the decadal report’s recommendation that, “NASA and NSF should support an aggressive program of ground-based high-precision radial velocity surveys of nearby stars to identify potential candidates … for a future space imaging and spectroscopy mission.”

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